Press and Awards


National Federation Funds North Side CDCU to Expand Financial Services to Older Adults.
The Federation’s grant will provide North Side with the opportunity to focus on marketing and community outreach efforts, on building new relationships, promoting new product offerings, and developing financial programs for low-income older and potential new members.
Published July 2011

Credit From the Corner Store
Activists say payday lenders exploit the poor, but better borrowing options are hard to find. North Side is cited as an exemplary alterntaive to payday loans.
Published in Chicago Reader, June 30, 2011

Unbanked but No Longer Ignored: Regulators, Firms Take Aim At Payday-Lending Market
North Side is cited as an exemplary credit union offering short-term loans as an alternative to payday lenders.
Published in The Washington Post, October, 2009

A Risk Worth Taking: Many ethical subprime lenders still manage to make plenty of money
Published in Newsweek, November 24, 2008


Good Neighbor Award for Community Advocacy by the Uptown Chicago Commission, May 2009

Chicago Neighborhood Development Award for Non-Profit Community Building, 2004

Community Partnership Award, presented by the Vietnamese Association of Illinois, November 16th, 2002

The Mongsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform Vision Award, 2001

Certificate of Community Service, presented by the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs, November 12th, 1996

Eureka Mentor Award, presented by The Eureka Foundation, March 1993

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Medal of Honor, presented by the Woodstock Institute, May 15, 1991

Neighborhood Award, presented by Trust, Inc. Community Development Lending Program, 1988

Outstanding Volunteer Service, presented by Uptown Center Hull House, 1981

Recognition of Distinguished Service, presented by Hull House Association, November 17, 1980